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Hitchhiker - Good People Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 57
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A far cry from our original IPA, The Hitchhiker is a big floral/citrus American IPA. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and tangerines take center stage with a tad bit of caramel malt backbone to balance just a bit. A very dry finish with hops flavors lingering...this one is for the hopheads.

128 IBU

(Beer added by: Bonhoeffer on 07-09-2010)
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
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Chrash16

Alabama

4/5  rDev -10.1%

08-19-2013 00:21:21 | More by Chrash16
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Buff0910

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

07-27-2013 04:33:31 | More by Buff0910
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harpus

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

07-24-2013 20:18:53 | More by harpus
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jaj270

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

07-05-2013 23:28:37 | More by jaj270
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

06-17-2013 02:35:12 | More by GratefulEdd
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Plonk

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

05-29-2013 17:38:05 | More by Plonk
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bjwilson

Alabama

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this again for the second time. The first time I was a little underwhelmed, but this is truly a work of art for this brewery. The hop flavor is full frontal and brutal and absolutely deliciously punishing. I really feel like I am in IPA heaven drinking this one. I really hope they start canning this so more people can experience it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 01:57:14 | More by bjwilson
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PALMEJ1

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-14-2013 16:16:07 | More by PALMEJ1
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap into a plastic cup (!) at the taproom on 5/5/13. Despite the plastic cup, this beer looked very pretty. It was a deep brassy orange like a ripe cantaloupe. There was 3cm of thick off-white, frothy head that left thick cob-webs of lacing all over the cup. The nose on this thing really was a highlight of the beer. The smell was bright and effervescent with tons of citrus and tropical fruits highlighted by the ever-present grapefruit along with orange, tangerine, and maybe some touch of pineapple. There was a slight smell of caramel malt in the background as well, but this is definitely not a beer with a hefty malt profile. The taste was pure west coast IPA with tons of citrus hops. The malt side was very muted, but there with some caramel sweetness. This beer was a big, gorgeous buffet of grapefruit, lemon oil, and some tropical notes; maybe the pineapple again, but it was very hard to pin down on my palate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and quite dry with pretty much no alcohol burn. The bitterness was very smooth and not overly astringent or abrasive. This was a very well done beer. The bartender told me that it was a freshly tapped keg, and I think the freshness of the beer really made it such a good beer. There really is something to say about a beer that is well done and very fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 14:34:23 | More by estlinska
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jczn

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-06-2013 19:38:12 | More by jczn
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thestarkness01

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-15-2013 20:39:31 | More by thestarkness01
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Duffs3

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-14-2013 20:21:10 | More by Duffs3
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CrookedStill

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

03-28-2013 01:58:22 | More by CrookedStill
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-21-2013 22:06:35 | More by xxcarpxx
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-14-2013 14:18:24 | More by AlexFields
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djkrause

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-06-2013 00:24:41 | More by djkrause
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

11-05-2012 03:22:21 | More by grumpygerman
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

08-19-2012 16:16:41 | More by slowdaddy
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Maddmartagan


4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good IPA. It was complex, tasty, and dry. But mostly it was hoppy. This was a hop head's dream. Citrusy and dank. There were all kinds of hops in this one. The chalkboard at the taproom just said 100+. My kind of beer.

The smell was almost overwhelming. Tons of fruity, citrusy aroma balanced not with malty sweetness, but with more hoppy dankness.

The flavor was very similar. The citrus orange and pineapple flavor hit your tongue first and then give way some earthy dankness. Very little malt backbone, just enough. This is definitely a showcase of hops.

It's nice and dry on the tongue, making you want another.

I really enjoyed this beer. But if you don't love hops, be warned

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 16:38:28 | More by Maddmartagan
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

04-14-2012 04:20:17 | More by Crimsontider22
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

04-07-2012 21:36:56 | More by justinm4bama
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Huntbuc

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-30-2012 04:17:23 | More by Huntbuc
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sepharious

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitch (as the kids call it) is a fun departure from the lands of GP IPA. If you could cut Hitch it would bleed hops. It brings a heady plethora of citrus-y American hops with it on the nose and mouth to the battlefield of your palate and it doesn't apologize. Those of you with "alternative tastes" will recognize a distinctive "dankness" to this brew. Its hoppy forthrightness gives way to a pleasing malt backbone that balances the show, much like a McMahon to a Johnny. If you like the hoppier beverages then Hitch is a destination for you.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 01:20:47 | More by sepharious
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STKPICR0720

Alabama

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love GPBC's approach at this american IPA with a west coast push. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. I love the citrusy, pineapple hints and the bitterness. I thought the brew was refreshing and at the same time had enough piney notes that went well with the smoothness. Not much malt backbone which I also liked. Most definitely worth seeking out.

Cheers

Serving type: growler

03-26-2012 20:59:46 | More by STKPICR0720
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a growler into a chalice type thingy

Pours a darker-than-expected color like an orange that's been slightly shaded burnt sienna. Decently hazy body. 3/4 of a finger of eggshell colored foam stops in to say 'hi' before quickly departing; at least it leaves behind some lacing.

Tropical fruit aromas right off the bat. Hitchhiker has that papaya-meets-guava South American thing going on, which is exciting. Lots of resin, too. It smells as if it will be pretty bitter. A more-than-decent amount of husky malt aroma, too. I was hoping that this would be less malty than their Snake Handler IIPA; it is, but not by that much.

Hitchhiker is a solid American IPA. It might be quite good if that papaya flavor had carried over to the tongue more strongly. As is though, Hitchhiker is mostly resiny and oily. It's dank, but not in any unique or particularly complex way. The malt flavor is not-insignificant, but it works pretty well as a sweet foil to the bitterness that so dominates the beer's flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is around medium-bodied, which is fine but not ideal for me. It's a sweet mouthfeel whose sweetness gets sapped out quickly by all the bitterness. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I don't understand all the A+ ratings from Alabamian reviewers. It seems like homerism to me.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2012 20:56:53 | More by Reaper16
Hitchhiker from Good People Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.